For the past few meets, New Franklin junior Abi Schapira has been close breaking the record in the 3200-meter run for the Lady Bulldogs track team. So last Friday while competing in the Southern Boone Relays against a field of seven teams, Schapira once again set out to smash the old record. But little did she know that she would beat the old record by a full 10 seconds by placing fourth overall in a time of 13:39.84.
Of course Schapira’s record wasn’t the only highlight of the evening for New Franklin. Sophomore Madi Lyons placed first in the high jump with a jump of 4’-6” and then rag a leg on the 4 x 100-meter relay team along with Saundra Perkins, Jasmyne Boggs and Sara Montgomery, which placed first in 54.95 seconds.
As a team, the Lady Bulldogs also finished third out of seven teams behind Southern Boone and Father Tolton with 90.50 points.
Southern Boone captured first with 122.50 points, followed by Father Tolton with 101, New Franklin with 90.50, Rock Bridge with 86, Hermann with 71, New Bloomfield with 55 and Columbia Independent with 50.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said quite honestly he was surprised that the Southern Boone Relays was even held.
“With tons of rain only two days before, and temperatures that were under 40 degrees for the entire meet, these were probably the most adverse conditions we have seen in several years,” Quest said.
“It was very difficult to keep all of my athlete’s heads in the game, as many initially seemed to be more interested in staying warm than competing at a high level. Once they all got their heads in the right places, we were able to have some very positive results. The highlight of the evening was definitely the setting of a new school record by junior Abi Schapira in the 3200m run. Abi has been close to the record for the past few meets, and being that Southern Boone and Harrisburg the next day were the last time we would see an all weather track for several weeks, we targeted those two meets as a place that she may be able to finally break the record.
“With the cold conditions, I don’t think Abi was expecting much. But after a couple of laps, she was running really well. I told her as she passed once that she should just go for it. She definitely did that, and came across a full 10 seconds faster than the school record (13:39.84). Abi has been working toward beating this record for over a year now, and she was very excited to finally achieve her goal. We had another school record nearly fall that night as well.
“Sara Montgomery, in her first time competing in the event ever, came oh so close in the 400m as well. She finished with a time of 1:04.33, only .33 seconds away from the record. Prior to that, she finished second in the 100m with a time of 13.79 seconds. Since the 400 meter is a new event for Sara, I am confident that with some practice, she will beat the record at some point this season. We had first place finishes from sophomore Madi Lyons in the high jump, and our 4 x 100m relay team of Lyons, Montgomery, Jasmyne Boggs, and Saundra Perkins, who continued their undefeated season.”
Page 2 of 2 - Second place finishers were Sara Montgomery in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.79 seconds, Jasmyne Boggs in the discus with a toss of 81’-8” and the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Grace Chambers, Molly Lyons, Abi Schapira and Madi Lyons in 11:47.
Montgomery also took third in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:04.33.
As for the New Franklin boys, they had only one place finisher in the relays as Darrell Greenfield placed second in the 3200-meter run in 11:16.
Quest said not to be outdone by his female teammate, Greenfield had a wonderful performance of his own in the boys 3200.
“Darrell targeted two runners before the race started that he wanted to try to stay with,” Quest said. “He knew going in that if he was able to stick with these two, he would have a great time. After the first several laps, he was able to stick right with both of them. Honestly, I kept expecting that he would fall back at some point. But lap after lap, he kept up with them. On the last lap, he passed one of them, and finished 2nd with a new personal best time of 11:16. Darrell’s performance was definitely one of the highlights of the evening.”
In the final-team standings, Southern Boone ran away with the title with 231 points. Hermann finished second with 111 points, followed by Rock Bridge with 81, New Bloomfield with 32, Father Tolton with 24, New Franklin in sixth place with 19 and Columbia Independent with 12.